Civil Rights and Liberties

Scholarism to bypass police nod in protest over June 4 crackdown

Scholarism spokeswoman Agnes Chow (third from left) and other members. Photo: Dickson Lee

The march - to protest Beijing's refusal to vindicate the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen movement - will be joined with another one arranged by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which ends at the government headquarters in Admiralty.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am 1 comment

'Troublesome' Hong Kong activist Yang Kuang sent home from Beijing

Yang Kuang meets supporters and the media after arriving at Hong Kong's airport. Photo: Felix Wong

Yang Kuang said he had been escorted to Beijing airport and put on a flight after being held for over 30 hours by police, who told him he had been detained for "provoking quarrels and making trouble".

11 Mar 2013 - 8:31am 14 comments

Fruit knife detention pierces concepts of freedom

Wu Weichun was detained by Henan police for three days because he was found carrying a fruit knife on the street.

The Henan Business Daily reported on Thursday that the man was taken to a police station by an undercover officer after getting off a bus with his friend. The sharp-eyed policeman noticed the man had a small folding knife attached to his keychain. The officer informed him that it was illegal to carry such a knife in public, and by law the man was detained for three days.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 1 comment

China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China has the potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world. Already, it is using its considerable fiscal reserves to invest heavily in economic and transport infrastructure in Africa and Latin America, supporting the construction of roads, railways, ports and mines.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:07am 4 comments

Legal group produces handbook for protesters

Craig Choy with the booklet explaining civil rights for protesters. Photo: Nora Tam

A big rise in the number of arrests of demonstrators has prompted a group of legal professionals to produce a handbook to explain their rights.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:01pm 1 comment

Singer Peter Yarrow tells University of Hong Kong lack of respect at root of protests

Peter Yarrow of famous folk trio Peter Paul and Mary, giving a talk and performance at Sun Yat-sen Place. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A puff of 1960s magic blew through the University of Hong Kong yesterday as Peter Yarrow, one part of American folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, held a concert and rally at the university's Sun Yat-sen square.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 1 comment

Think like winners, Ronny Tong says

The pan-democratic camp should cast aside its role as a mere opposition and embrace a 'ruling mentality' if it is to offer a suitable candidate to be the first chief executive elected by universal suffrage in 2017, one leading member of the coalition says.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Should blogging sites follow Blogger and Twitter and censor their content?

Vanessa Wong, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

CE runners must clarify positions

Campaign platforms are crucial in elections. They set out the visions of the candidates standing for public office. They are the promises made to the voters in return for their support. The chief executive election is less than three months away. While only 1,200 people are eligible to vote, there is much public interest in the plans of the candidates.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

All quiet on the democracy front

While the two front runners in the race to be the city's next chief executive seek to outdo each other with promises on housing, welfare and education, Henry Tang Ying-yen and Leung Chun-ying have spelled out only a few broad principles on how to attain universal suffrage for the city if either wins the top job in March.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A litmus test of our democracy

While the race to become Hong Kong's next chief executive has caught the public's imagination, the election of the 1,200 people who actually get to vote for our next leader has not.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Show you treasure the right to vote

The district council elections are our city's most democratic, a fact usually not reflected in campaigning or voter turnout. The exception was in 2003, when issues such as Sars, a long economic downturn and unpopular proposals for a national security law galvanised public interest. Electioneering for today's polls has been quiet.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Democracy in HK falls short, says U.S. report

A commission of US lawmakers and government officials warned yesterday that Hong Kong has fallen 'far short' of universal suffrage despite the passage of last year's electoral reform bill.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Scrap appointed seats in one go

The district council elections in November will be more competitive than in the past. With a record 412 seats up for grabs, 243 hopefuls signed up on the first day of the two-week nomination period on Thursday. The number of registered voters, at more than 3.5 million, marks a 22 per cent increase over the last decade.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Oxfam plays vital role in Somalia

Former humanitarian worker Mark Mullan was stationed in Somalia from 1992-94 and witnessed 'constant death' in that food crisis ('Plea for donations to aid Somali famine victims', August 7).

With the current famine in parts of Somalia, and with the country again at war and in drought, he calls for action from all of us.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am